Iranian Official Claims Siemens Aided Stuxnet Cyber Attack

More

An Iranian military official accused Siemens of cooperating with the U.S. and Israel in a cyberattack on the country's nuclear infrastructure, Haaretz reports.

"Our executive officials should legally follow up the case of Siemens SCADA software which prepared the ground for the Stuxnet virus," said Gholamreza Jalali, Iran's civilian defense chief. "The Siemens company must be held accountable and explain how and why it provided the enemies with the information about the codes of SCADA software and paved the way for a cyber attack against us."

Jalali offered no evidence that Siemens had been involved in the attack. After Stuxnet was revealed and detected last year, the German company released software that detects Stuxnet on infected systems and removes it.

The Iranian accusation is the latest in a string of public statements about the worm. The Iranian government has vacillated between downplaying the importance of Stuxnet and lashing out at its purported creators -- the U.S. and Israel. It's thought that Stuxnet targeted uranium centrifuges that produce the key isotopes for atomic weapons. What we don't know is how well Stuxnet worked. Did it slow down the nuclear program or is the Iranian anger about it a big head fake? As our own Jeff Goldberg put it, "I don't know. Even the people who know don't know."

Jump to comments
Presented by

Alexis C. Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Technology Channel. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. More

The New York Observer calls Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Sad Desk Lunch: Is This How You Want to Die?

How to avoid working through lunch, and diseases related to social isolation.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

Video

Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

Video

What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In